Dave Carney 1/28/2022
What’s on the table today?: AFC & NFC Championship (Betting Preview)
Bengals @ Chiefs Betting Preview
- Date/Time: January 30, 2 p.m. CT
- Stadium: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
- TV Coverage: CBS
- Opening Bengals vs Chiefs Odds: Chiefs -7 | O/U 53.5
Bengals: Keys To Cover
As well as Cincinnati’s defense is playing lately, the Bengals will need to generate turnovers once again if they’re going to hang tough with Kansas City. Better protection of Burrow and improved efficiency in the red zone are other keys to Cincinnati being the winning Bengals vs Chiefs prediction.
Chiefs: Keys To Cover
Mahomes is on fire and shouldn’t have much difficulty dicing up a Cincinnati secondary that ranked 26th this season against the pass. In order to cover this touchdown margin, however, KC needs better play from its own defensive backs, especially if Mathieu isn’t able to suit up.
My Prediction: Bengals (+7)
49ers @ Rams Betting Preview
- Date/Time: January 30, 5:30 p.m. CT
- Stadium: SoFi Stadium
- TV Coverage: Fox
- Opening 49ers vs Rams Odds: Rams -3.5 | O/U 46.5
49ers: Keys To Cover
Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t going to outduel Matthew Stafford if this game breaks down into a shootout. Another strong defensive effort from San Francisco will be the key to cashing in as a 49ers vs Rams prediction and punching a ticket to Super Bowl 56.
Rams: Keys To Cover
The Rams had a 17-point lead at home in their last game against San Francisco and still wound up losing. Los Angeles has the better offense on paper and earned home-field advantage in this game with a stronger regular season. Overcoming the mental edge San Francisco seems to have would help Los Angeles to become a winning 49ers vs Rams pick.
My Prediction: Rams (-3.5)
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